Market Harborough’s Recipe for Success

Published Monday 6 August 2018

Saturday and Sunday’s Market Harborough Food and Drink Festival, organised by Harborough District Council, has been hailed as a huge success.


Some of the crowd enjoying this year's Market Harborough Food and Drink Festival

For two days, Welland Park in Market Harborough was transformed into a bustling, vibrant festival setting. Glorious warm sunshine, freshly cooked food and live cookery demonstrations provided all the necessary ingredients for a fun and enjoyable two days.

The festival included 40 food and drink stalls, with many familiar faces from the monthly Farmers’ Market selling their locally produced food and drink alongside traders that had travelled from far and wide.

Cllr Lesley Bowles, Harborough District Council Chairman, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the event has been such a success. We estimate that over 11,000 people visited, including couples, families with young children, friends and visitors from outside the county. There has been some fantastic feedback from the public, which is wonderful to hear.”

The event, regarded as one of the best Summer food festivals in the East Midlands, attracted a mouth-watering array of food and drink traders  with everything from gourmet marshmallows and wild beaver pie to Brazilian dough balls, Caribbean jerk chicken and Mexican street food, all washed down with fresh orange juice, smoothies, beer and speciality gin.

The Demonstration Kitchen, which was sponsored by Millington’s Travel in Market Harborough, proved as popular as ever with a fantastic line up of professional chefs showcasing their culinary skills over the two days.

Cllr Bowles added: “Overall it was a great weekend and I would like to extend our thanks to the sponsors and the many traders and members of the public who supported this event this year!”